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Electronic Arts
1990
Genre:
Action, Sport
Theme:
Fighting / Individual Sports / Multiplayer
Language:
English
Licence:
Commercial
System:
C64
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4923

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Mr Creosote (2010-02-26) [hide]

Avatar Of course, the makers of this game are virtually setting themselves up for reviews concluding "if this game is any indication of what skiing is really like, I'd rather die". Then again, the predecessor Skate or Die! did well and it triggers mostly positive memories. So maybe the risk isn't all too high. Yup, the game sticks to the proven formula - so that's an unlikely conclusion to come to.

Again, there are five events waiting to be enjoyed. Snowboard Half-Pipe has the player boarding (?) down an oversized bobsleigh track trying to impress a cynical spectator with small jumps and other stunts. Innertube Thrash has two contestants racing sitting on large tires. This is a lot of fun as the vehicles are bouncy (especially when crashing into each other), so keeping control is hard. In Acro Aerials, the player does artistic trick jumps which are then rated by a number of judges. Downhill Blitz is fairly straighforward downhill skiing (with a few alternate routes). Finally, there is Snowball Blast: The player has to defend his ice fortress against an army of attacking kids armed with snowballs.

Downhill isn't very good (or maybe I just suck at it) as collision detection is way too strict. Half-pipe and the aerials represent pretty much what players are used to from the previous game. The tube race and the snowball battle are my personal favourites in this collection, though. The whole idea of simulating a snowball battle in a computer game is just crazy - in a good way! I only know of one other game which ever tried this (I've forgotten the name, though - contact me if you know any).

Ironically, Ski or Die has got much more of an anarchic quality than Skate or Die, and it's not even the pseudo-cool snowboarding factor responsible for this. Instead, it's indeed the two 'silly' events with the innocently childish quality which make this one the better game in the end. The only downside: The music is nowhere near as good as in the predecessor. A minor quibble.

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Herr M. (2012-12-19):

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Let's be honest: There are heaps (almost mountains) of winter sports games, and most of them are downhill or slalom races, which play like yet another racing game, in which they simply replaced the car sprite with a ski racer sprite. Actually there might be nothing wrong about it , but to those, who always wished for a more original approach to the alternative winter extreme sports, I want to heartily recommend 'Ski or Die'. There you have to compete in five unusual disciplines (from snowball fight to inner-tube racing) against clock, man and high-score and attempt to make the best impression on the snow fields.

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